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Stories I Only Tell My Friends


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An astonishing memoir by one of Hollywood's top actors

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Rob Lowe is a film and television actor and producer. He also is involved in politics. He lives with his wife and two sons in California.


Lowe, actor and 1980s teen idol, delivers a keen and insightful look at how the movie industry packages a celebrity, the phenomenon of "objectification," and being "The Next Big Thing." His astute look into a Midwest childhood, as well as counterculture Malibu as a young adult, raises lifelong issues of isolation and detachment for him as he adapted the persona of "a people pleaser with very few personal boundaries." Lowe vividly records the making of Coppola's The Outsiders, witnessing the emergence of Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez, and Patrick Swayze alongside his own career launch. He offers insightful anecdotes about people he knew throughout his career, such as Jodie Foster, Andy Warhol, Roman Polanski, Jane Fonda, Michael Dukakis, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco. In an era that he describes as self-indulgent, he discusses his alcoholism, his video escapade, and his life as defined by the term "Brat Pack." In the end of this honest memoir, Lowe tells of his reformed life, in which he got married, had a family, and landed a career-defining role in The West Wing. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Lowe was a founding member of the Brat Pack, a group of young actors that included Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, and Molly Ringwald, whose movies-The Outsiders, The Breakfast Club, and St. Elmo's Fire-defined the teen and twentysomething angst of the 1980s. In this candid memoir, Lowe shares the ups and downs of a Hollywood career that took him from teen idol to jet-setter to rehab to The West Wing. He began as an insecure child actor from Ohio whose New Age parents moved him to Malibu, where he hung out with the Sheen brothers and other young hopefuls. He wrote this memoir without a ghostwriter, and he is self-effacing, humorous, and forthcoming about his insecurities, rocky home life, and experiences during the age of excess that was the 1980s. Verdict Celebrity watchers will enjoy Lowe's insider stories of encounters with such greats as Cary Grant and Francis Ford Coppola. The first serial will appear in Vanity Fair in May, and Lowe will no doubt make the round of talk shows, so expect demand. [See Prepub Alert, 11/8/10.]-Rosy Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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